English always writes its acronyms in capitals, with just a few exceptions that have escaped into the wild as normal words (such as radar, laser, snafu and scuba).
Category Archives: Grammar
Money, money, money
English style guides do differ a little about exactly how to format sums of money. But none of them do it the Dutch way.
19th and 20th centuries
The word “and” creates a plural in English – in this example, you’re talking about more than one century, after all.
Using present-tense verbs to refer to past events can be a literary device for drawing the reader in and adding impact. But avoid it in minutes and reports in English.
Modern English is increasingly gender-neutral. Efforts to render forms of address such as “mw. mr.” too literally come out as confusing or plain laughable. Professions and roles in which the person’s gender is irrelevant don’t need to be gendered.
One no longer uses the indefinite third person singular, as the grammarians like to call it. Unless one is called Prince Charles.
Nobody has an insurance.
It’s the kind of thing that ought to belong in Elementary Dunglish but, surprisingly or not, it remains the commonest simple mistake of all.